Rizzo among Cubs needing All-Star support
CHICAGO -- Rookie Kris Bryant was third, Starlin Castro fourth and Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero both fifth at their respective position in the latest 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, released Monday.
The Cardinals' Matt Carpenter and the Reds' Todd Frazier are first and second in the balloting for third basemen, each with more than six million votes, while Bryant is third with 3,559,446 votes. Promoted to the big leagues on April 17, Bryant ranks 15th in the National League with 43 RBIs (second on the team to Rizzo's 44), and he is batting .273 with 10 homers, 13 doubles and two triples. The last Cubs rookie to be named to the All-Star team was Geovany Soto in 2008.
Rizzo, who has received 2,564,264 votes, trails the D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt, who has more than seven million votes. The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez was second among first basemen, followed by the Reds' Joey Votto and the Cardinals' Matt Adams.
Rizzo has posted impressive numbers this season, ranking fourth in the Major Leagues in OPS (.981) and third in the NL in on-base percentage (.413), sixth in slugging percentage (.568) and 10th in batting average (.304).
"He's definitely that anchor in the middle of the lineup who you want to build around," manager Joe Maddon said of Rizzo.
"To envision a lineup without him out there would be very difficult," Maddon added. "He hits righties, hits lefties, plays a really good first base, has been a really good baserunner. He's played a really complete game."
Giants catcher Buster Posey has received nearly eight million votes, while Montero, a two-time All-Star who was on the NL team last year, had 1,485,095 votes.
Castro, a three-time All-Star, had received 2,185,861 votes, and trailed the Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta, the Giants' Brandon Crawford and the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki.
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